Why You Aren’t Seeing Results
You first start training and everything seems great! You’re dropping weight, your clothes are starting to fit better and people are paying you compliments. Life is good!
Then you notice after a while that the progress just doesn’t seem to be happening anymore. You are doing all the same things with your training but you feel like its not working. Then you start to feel discouraged. You don’t look forward to training like you once did and the motivation starts to take a dive.
This is called a plateau. Your bodies number one job is to stay alive and it adapts very quickly. The things that once worked are no longer sufficient for continued progress.
This is where we have to be smart and create a new stimulus (changing your training, nutrition etc) to force the body to drive these adaptations (muscle growth, fat loss, strength etc).
But without knowing where we currently are, we are unable to know how we can get to the next destination. This is why we need to monitor our progress.
There are multiple metrics that can be used to monitor progress such as:
- Body fat percentage
- How well your clothes fit
- How you look in the mirror
- Girth Measurements
- How you sleep
- How you feel
- General well being
Some of the ways that the above metrics can be measured include:
- Progress photos
- Body Scanners
- Skin callipers
- Tape Measurements
- Self perception tests
- Training personal bests
It is not necessary to use all of these metrics for everyone. It comes down to what’s important to the individual and their goals.
By monitoring metrics we are able to see when certain things are no longer working and make the required changes. This ensures continual progress and minimisation of plateaus.
Also by having a record of where you started, you can look back on those days when you feel like you aren’t getting anywhere and see how far you have come. This is always a great way to feel a sense of accomplishment and motivation.